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Jeans out; khakis and polos in as new dress code approved

November 19, 2002

After much discussion, the President's Cabinet officially approved new dress guidelines for staff in its Nov. 12 meeting.

Effective Jan. 1, employees may wear khakis or other business-casual pants and a polo-style or denim shirt year-round. Under the former code, casual attire could be worn on Friday or during the summer break only.

The University will purchase one denim shirt and one short-sleeve polo-style shirt for every employee who ordered them. Both sport the APSU logo. The denim shirts have been ordered and should arrive before the Christmas break.

Dr. Sherry Hoppe is asking that all staff wear an APSU logo shirt on Fridays to build an esprit de corps and to promote Peay Pride. Staff may wear the shirts on other days as well, provided casual dress is appropriate for the day's activities.

"Our expectation is that staff dress for the occasion," Hoppe says. "If you have a meeting where more business-like attire is appropriate, wear more business-like attire. If not, you can dress more casually."

Hoppe discussed the proposed changes in the University's dress code with staff members at information sessions held this fall. She also met with members of the Staff Council to solicit their feedback. Several changes were made as a result. Athletic shoes, for example, though viewed as unacceptably casual for most staff, may be worn by those whose work requires long hours of standing or a great deal of walking, such as in physical plant workers.

The policy, which can be seen in its entirety at, encourages employees to err on the side of caution. "If an item is questionable, another item of clothing should be selected."

The guidelines also indicate the University will observe special "jean days" or "T-shirt days," when jeans and more relaxed attire will be permitted.